From September 8 to September 11, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), an EESI Associate, will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting at the Hilton DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia. This year’s meeting will focus on the ongoing changes in the way energy is produced and consumed in the United States. It will also cover the challenges and opportunities states will encounter under the Clean Power Plan, risk assessment in energy systems, and how to improve resilience. More than 300 participants, including representatives from all the state and territory energy offices, as well as business executives and federal officials, are expected to attend the conference. This will be an opportunity for state officials and their private sector partners to discuss and exchange the most up-to date information on critical energy issues.
The meeting will feature presenters from the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States Air Force, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Topics that will be discussed* include the following:
- U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Compliance Options
- Resiliency and Sustainability as Investment Strategies: The Economics of Infrastructure Modernization
- Accelerating Investments in Micro-grids, Vehicle to Grid, and Intelligent Grid Solutions
- Road Opportunities – Lowering Costs and Improving Emissions at Ports and Warehouses
- Leveraging Deployment Through Workforce Development
- Rebuilding Stronger: State Energy Office Roles in Residential Rebuilding Following Natural Disasters
- Reducing Energy Usage by 50%: Overview of the Advanced Energy Design Guides
- The Next Generation of Zero Energy Ready Schools, Communities, and Homes . . . Including Manufactured Homes
- Public-Private Partnerships in Smart Street Lighting
Leadership from the states is essential for this nation’s energy production and consumption future. EESI is working hard to feature stateside best practices in our Congressional briefings so as to allow other states and the federal government to understand the benefits of these actions, learn from their successes, and make progress towards a sustainable energy economy.
The NASEO meeting also offers an excellent platform for states to present their cutting edge work on energy issues. This year’s agenda features a series of regional meetings, for officials to meet in-person with their colleagues in surrounding states and discuss program implementations and share lessons learned. These regional meetings are tailored to the priorities of the states in each region. Several networking periods will allow state officials, federal policymakers, and business executives an opportunity to exchange ideas and build collaborations.
Companies such as Bosch, the Cadmus Group, Constellation, and PJM—as well as organizations such as the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), American Gas Association, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Propane Education & Research Council—will be exhibiting at the conference.
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Author: Yi Xu